With a newly dedicated stadium opened and a new coach at the helm, the San Bernardino Valley College Wolverines jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the opening minutes against perennial Southern California power Mt. San Antonio College.
But the Mounties, with a deeper roster, wore down the Wolverines, taking a 45-23 victory over San Bernardino in front of 1,000 people in the season opener at SBVC Stadium.
CJ Jeudy brought the home crowd to its feet in the opening minute, intercepting a Jaiave Magalei pass and returning it to the end zone 41 yards to give the Wolverines an early 6-0 lead. The extra point gave the Wolverines a 7-0 lead.
The Wolverines got great field position, as the Mounties fumbled away the ensuing kickoff. But after a series of penalties, the Wolverines were forced to settle for a 32-yard field goal from Dominic Young and a 10-0 lead.
But the Mounties came back, reeling off the next 17 points. But Armando Herrera found Kellen Pachot in the back of the end zone from 16 yards out, pulling the Wolverines to 17-16 at the half.
Mt. San Antonio scored 28 points to start the second half, putting the game out of reach.
Herrera ended the night with 290 yards of passing and two touchdowns, both the Pachot for the Wolverines.
San Bernardino will return to action at SBVC Stadium at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, against Pasadena City College.